Jose Mourinho: Nobody can believe Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s age at Man United

by Leo Nieboer

Jose Mourinho has heaped praise on Zlatan Ibrahimovic following his winner against Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League, claiming the striker’s ability belies his age.

The 34-year-old took his tally of goals for Man United to six after nodding home from close range after 69 minutes, sealing an important three points for Jose Mourinho’s side.

Speaking after the game, Mourinho expressed his astonishment at Zlatan’s menace in attack despite being well and truly immersed in the latter stages of his career.

Any other 34-year-old striker, especially with Zlatan’s body type (bigger, less compact players always tend to struggle more as they enter their thirties), would simply cave in at this level. But the Swede, as he reminded the world upon arriving at Old Trafford, is different: this is a man who, in a career that has seen him collect 31 trophies, continues to defy the laws of footballing logic.

To possess such strength and skill on the ball at the age of 34 is practically anomalous in today’s modern game. The highest level is simply too quick, too physical for players in their mid-thirties.

Zlatan, however, is a truly special case. Many declared the striker as “finished”, or “too old” when he signed for United. But in the Swede’s own words, he is just getting started.

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